Originally Posted by EfemaN The point of what Wattser is asking is so we can see if it's actually utilizing your hardware, or if it's running poorly without using the power available.
That screenshot doesn't tell us anything. You'll need to go through the steps to get the utilization information from CPU and GPU.
Also, check to make sure your drivers are completely up-to-date.
Your CPU is dual-core with four total logical cores. Device manager will show you all logical cores, whereas the other program only shows you the physical cores. So yeah, it's normal.
That's exactly what I'm trying to get at.
If your CPU and GPU each are only being used at 50% power (arbitrary value), then something is causing the game to not take full advantage of the hardware. This can often be fixed. If either your CPU or GPU is running at 100% while gaming, then it is the bottleneck, and there's nothing we can do about that.
Here's a quick test you can try.
Fire up Borderlands at native resolution (I would guess 1366x768 for a cheap laptop) with minimum settings and watch the FPS counter in FRAPS. Now change the resolution to a very low setting (800x600 should do just fine) with minimum settings and watch the FPS counter.
Does the lower resolution help increase FPS? If so, you likely have a GPU bottleneck. If the FPS stay the same at lower resolution, then you likely have a CPU bottleneck. This isn't a perfect way to test for a bottleneck, but it should help narrow things down.
Also check your temps while gaming. If either of your components get overly hot, they will throttle and reduce performance. That's also a possibility. Keep providing us with more details and we'll try to help you find some extra FPS.